Barnes & Noble Reports Fiscal 2018 Year-End Financial Results

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) today reported sales and earnings for its fiscal 2018 fourth quarter and full-year ended April 28, 2018.

Total sales were $786 million for the quarter and $3.7 billion for the full year, decreasing 4.3% and 6.0% over the prior year periods, respectively. Comparable store sales declined 4.1% for the fourth quarter and 5.4% for the full year.

The consolidated fourth quarter net loss was $21.1 million, or $0.29 per share, compared to a loss of $13.4 million, or $0.19 per share, in the prior year. Fourth quarter results include $7.7 million of non-recurring charges associated with the Company’s strategic initiatives.

The fiscal 2018 consolidated net loss was $125.5 million, or $1.73 per share, compared to net earnings of $22.0 million, or $0.30 per share, in the prior year. Fiscal 2018 results include non-cash asset impairment charges of $135.4 million, $16.2 million of severance charges and $15.3 million of strategic initiative costs.

Excluding non-recurring or unusual charges in both years, consolidated EBITDA was $6.7 million in the fourth quarter, as compared to $5.6 million a year ago, and $145.4 million in fiscal 2018, as compared to $187.2 million a year ago. The company reduced expenses by $15 million in the fourth quarter and $52 million for the full year, excluding non-recurring or unusual charges.

“In fiscal 2018 we developed a long-term strategic turnaround plan, which we continue to execute,” said Demos Parneros, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc. “Our plan, which includes sales improvements and cost reductions, is expected to yield immediate improvement in fiscal 2019, resulting in EBITDA of $175 million to $200 million, and further benefits in the following years. We also strengthened our leadership team in key areas of the business. They will be instrumental in overseeing the turnaround.”
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